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Pets Love Indie, Too! Local Pet Supply Stores and Shops

While there are a variety of national chain pet stores available to us in our communities, it can be a fun field trip for you and your dog to seek out local independent shops! These stores can range from standalone pet stores, to portions of locations that also offer grooming and other classes, to pet bakeries. Shopping local supports our…


Bunny Breakfasts and Other Easter Meal Options in the West Suburbs

The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at these breakfast and lunch events. Enjoy delicious food, join in on the Easter fun, and don’t forget your photo hop-portunity. Nearly all of these bunny breakfasts require advance registration or reservations, so please click on the links for more details. 2019 Bunny Breakfasts and Easter Meals in the West Suburbs Breakfast With…


The Hunt is On! 2019 Easter Egg Hunts in the West Suburbs

We aren’t yolking with this egg-streme list! Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner. Make your kid’s day eggs-tra special and head out to an Easter egg hunt.  Inside, outside, in the dark, or even underwater, this list of Easter egg hunts in the western suburbs is… egg-stensive. Most event times listed are the time the egg…


2019 Spring Break Camps, Activities, and Events in the West Suburbs

Not heading anywhere for spring break? Don’t worry! We’ve got plenty of ways for your family to stay busy during the week off school. Depending on the weather, you may find yourself either digging through our indoor play spaces list, or enjoying a hike at a beautiful forest preserve nearby. If you’d prefer something scheduled, there’s plenty of spring break…


Fun and Exciting Summer Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

It’s time to register for summer camps! In this guide you will find camps for all ages – toddler through teen – and activities, including dance, gymnastics, STEAM, cooking, theater, soccer, volleyball, baking, cake decorating, engineering, science, nature, art, crafts, reading, voice, music, games, field trips, and outdoor adventures. Choose from the best summer camps for kids in the western suburbs! There…


Spring Children’s Resale Guide 2019

Spring resale season is approaching! It’s a great time to not only clean out your closets to sell or donate, but also shop all the great sales. Here are some of the best sales, along with sales listed by date. Some have admission fees and pre-sales for volunteers, members, or an extra fee, so check their websites for more information….


2018 Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs

There are some truly amazing Christmas lights and displays in the western suburbs! Hop in the car to check out these magnificent light displays, or fill up some thermoses with hot cocoa and walk through together. We’ve updated all of the larger walk-throughs for 2018. We’ve also included the 2017 residential display information for all of you early birds, but…


Kids Hockey Classes and Teams

Kids hockey has become such a popular sport in Chicagoland over the past few years! Though there isn’t much opportunity to play through park districts, there are many great rinks offering hockey classes around us. If your child is interested in trying it out, we’ve put together a great list to help you get started! Hockey Classes and Teams for Kids in the…


Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Enjoy getting your spook on with these haunted hayrides, haunted walks, and haunted houses! We witch you a Happy Halloween! We have included websites for parents to check out; please make sure your fang-tastic activity is appropriate for your child’s age, and call the event planners if you have any questions. This article is sponsored by the Oak Brook Park…


Fall Resale Guide 2018: Children’s Resales Across Chicagoland

Back to school shopping season is upon us! The cost of all those new clothes, backpacks and school supplies adds up quickly. Children’s resale events are a great way to save. Make room for all your new items by cleaning out your closets to sell or donate items you no longer need, too. (You may even find that by signing…


5th Annual Abilities Celebration for Special Kids

Bring your special child out and let us celebrate their abilities! We will have a fun carnival event including petting zoo, train rides, magic show, face-painting, craft/sensory station, vendors, demonstrations, appearances by local authors, and more. It’s a completely FREE event – we just ask that families pre-register here: www.Bensmiles.org/registration It’s Friday June 8th, 5-8pm at 3435 Keslinger Rd (parking…


Tinkergarten Free Trial Class

At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Merritt Nemcek, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. This trial class is: Designed…